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I personally like a remington my self. I have shot a few savages, not overaly impressed but that is just me. Go to a gun shop that has a ton of rifles, don't go there to by one first go and pick up as many as possible to see what feels right to you. That is the most important! A small difference in a stock can make one fit better than another. Then shop around for a good price. Also I would stick with a smaller caliber such as the 30-06, .270, .308 size. Shot placement is everything, and that will kill any thing you want in N. America.

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I finally got out to shoot my new Remington 700 XCR this weekend. I only found one cartridge it would chamber out of the 3 brands we tried, so it's on the way back to Remington to find out what the problem is. I believe the headspacing is wrong since the bolt would have to be forced closed in order to shoot anything other than the American Eagles. The AE's were almost 1/8" shorter than the other brands which is why they would chamber. I did try a few of the AE's and it shot very good, but it's back to the drawing board once I get it back.

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That's the reason I'm stearing clear of anything new from Remington until they can get thier act together. In addition to having had a defective new Remington myself, you are one of too many people lately I've heard having problems with factory new Remingtons.

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WesternHunter wrote:
That's the reason I'm stearing clear of anything new from Remington until they can get thier act together. In addition to having had a defective new Remington myself, you are one of too many people lately I've heard having problems with factory new Remingtons.

This is the first Remington I've owned in probably 10 years. It is frustrating to have a problem with a new gun, but I've paid $40k for a car that had problems under warranty as well. As long as they fix it in a timely manner I am fine with it. I might even get lucky and their gunsmith give it the royal treatment.

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The problem is minor I believe and can probably be corrected with a chamber reamer and a little buffing up Big smile . It may very well be much better than the next one off the shelf when you get it back Thumbs up

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Hammer1 wrote:
The problem is minor I believe and can probably be corrected with a chamber reamer and a little buffing up Big smile . It may very well be much better than the next one off the shelf when you get it back Thumbs up

That's what I'm hoping. The bolt would probably close, but it was more difficult than it should have been. It's better to send it back for verification and not blow up the gun when I force a shell in.

My father in law has a 700 BDL that's about 10 years old which would chamber all the shells we tried.

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I don't think that a problem like the one you describe is minor at all. It's a quality control problem that could have easily been caught had someone at Remington been more vigilant about function and quality. Now it costs you time and shipping, and Remington does not repair 90% of what is sent back under warranty. No, no!! They send those guns off to authorized warranty repair centers which are any old gun shops around the country who has a contract with Remington to be reimbursed by Remington for work performed.

I hold my older two Remington 700's (made 1986 and 1996), and my two 12 ga shotguns, 870 Express and 11-87 Special Purpose (made in 1990 and 1994) in very high regard as they are very good quality guns. The only other thing in Remington I still have any faith in is their gun care products. I hold RemOil in high regard as being the best firearms lubricant I've ever used for all my guns. Also appreciate their action cleaner/degreaser and new shotgun cleaner too.

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Yeah I actually saw a remington 700 vtr I believe is what it was. I liked it also. I am kinda stuck between the tika and the rem. The remington only comes in 243 or 308 so I would go with the 308 but the tika I kinda would like a 30-06. I have a friend who has a tika who said he will let me shoot it to see how like it. also are leoupold and burris scopes good and which line of scopes that are relatively inexpensive good.

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Either of the scopes that you mentioned would be fine. My old 30-06 has a 6X leupold, and my .300 RUM has a Burris 4.5-14 blasticplex. I have been very happy with both. You should be able to pick up a Leupold or a Burris for a good price and on an 30-06 they should last you a life time.

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Remington Model 700 in 308 or 243. Put a Nikon Monarc or a Leupold MK3 and you have a very nice rifle.

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